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Does anyone ask new dads how they are feeling?

Ian Peate looks at paternal depression, an often overlooked condition, and how it can be spotted

Being a father can be a landmark achievement that brings with it excitement and challenges. In the postpartum period, it is easy to focus on mothers but, fathers may also need support, they also have a lot to come to terms with and deal with. The support they might need can be in relation to sleep deprivation, financial worries, a change in responsibilities or changes in relationship dynamics. For both parents the arrival of a new baby brings with it enormous life changes and adjustments. Fathers may experience feelings of guilt knowing what their partner is going through, knowing that it is not him who is breastfeeding at 4am or recovering from labour and birth.

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